You may have heard all the hype over something called a Bath Bomb. People are getting them as gifts, giving them away at showers, and even trying to make them at home. But the question may still remain: “What is a bath bomb?”
In its’ simplest form, it is a round ball (normally) which fizzes when dropped into water. Depending on the exact ingredients, it will either fizz, foam, spin, and/or dispense a bunch of colors and fragrances into the water. There are also other ingredients, such as pure essential oils and salts, which can be added to the bath bomb for therapeutic effects. But, in general, most of the bath bombs made are merely for pleasure and entertainment.
The most popular maker of bath bombs is a company called Lush. They make some amazing bath bombs. They invented the bath bomb in the 1990’s and have continued to be the market leader in terms of trendiness and coolness. But, what they have also done is blaze the trail for many new comers trying to make something similar, but at a fraction of the cost. And, some of these individuals have even gone on to build pretty successful companies, just by making bath bombs.
While the ingredients of each bath bomb can change, there are 2 items EVERY bath bomb will have: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) and Citric Acid. It is the combination of these two ingredients along with water, which is what cause the fizzing of the bath bomb. Take away one of these, and there is no fizz. You can try Cream of Tartar as well in place of citric acid, but it is very expensive. The other ingredients added will do different things, and we will cover many of those over time.
To summarize, bath bombs are basically round balls made of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. The perform by dropping them into water and causing a chemical reaction with the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. This reaction means the bath bomb is working doing its’ thing. With this bit of information now, you will no longer need to ask “What is a Bath Bomb?”